Dr. Joseph Harrison Jr.
Chief, Civilian Human Resources, Recruitment and Retention
US Army Medical Command
Dr. Joseph Harrison, Jr. currently serves as the Chief, Civilian Human Resources Division, Recruitment and Retention Branch for the US Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). This was a first for MEDCOM. The branch was launched in April 2008. He leads the development and execution of plans to maintain a highly visible recruitment program to stimulate interest and attract qualified applicants for a variety of hard-to-fill medical occupations for the civilian medical corps.
Dr. Harrison recently worked with the Air Force Manpower Agency. Primary duties included applying management-engineering methodologies to conduct workforce determination studies. Additionally, Dr. Harrison served as Chairman of the Alamo Federal Executive Board’s Workforce Opportunities Council (WOC). The WOC is a unified/diversified effort of all Special Emphasis Programs within the San Antonio area in the recruitment, placement, development, and promotion of individuals employed or seeking employment with the Federal government.
Dr. Harrison is a retired USAF Medical Service Corps Officer. Since retiring from active duty, he has held positions as Assistant Director, Human Resources, San Antonio State Hospital, and Director, Human Resources, at Compass/Mission Vista Hospital, and T.R.U.E. Research Foundation in San Antonio, TX.
Prior to retiring from active duty at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Dr. Harrison’s team conducted a Business Case Analysis for the primary care and subspecialty clinics. The study was instrumental in the military to begin accepting TRICARE Senior (Medicare) patients.
From 2002-2005, Dr. Harrison served as a civilian with the USAF in the Force Development Transformation Laboratory and Reengineering Division, Personnel Process Reengineering Branch, Air Force Personnel Operations Agency. During this time, Dr. Harrison conducted Business Process Redesigns on a variety of primarily personnel and pay functions. In addition, Dr. Harrison was selected to serve as a USAF Team Member (Civilian Personnel), with the Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) - a highly sensitive project in Department of Defense.
Dr Harrison received his Ph.D. from Texas A& M University in Human Resource Development. Additionally, he holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy State University, and bachelor’s degrees in Business Management from the University of Maryland and Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Dr Harrison is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Phoenix, Webster University, and Park University. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Delta Kappa Pi Honor Society, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association (SAHRMA). He is a Professional in Human Resources, PHR Certified. Additionally, Dr Harrison is a member of the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees (USDR), and the American Legion.